February 2008 Archives

Trek Trip Out

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I love this video so much I really don't know what else to say about it. It's totally brilliant.

Italian Safety

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We saw these signs on top of the Facciatone - the massive, unfinished medieval addition to Sienna's Duomo. The views provide 360 degrees of Tuscan splendor and the enclosure, with its 3 foot tall walls, has an element of danger that is hard to find in America. No additional guardrails or fences, just a sign reminding one to hold their children for hand....


Rectify is of Wise People

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In the wake of the decision by Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) to not invite the Astana cycling team to ride in the 2008 Tour de France, Levi Leipheimer and Alberto Contador have both launched online campaigns to gather signatures in hopes of changing ASO's mind.

Astana, or Team Borat, as I like to call it, had a spot of doping bother last year when team leader Alexander Vinokourov and other members failed to pass their blood tests and were yanked from the Tour. However, Astana was purged and gained all new riders - primarily from last year's Discovery Channel team. Same name, new riders. Being punished for last year's troubles. Hence the signature campaigns by Contador and Leipheimer, last year's Tour de France 1st and 3rd place winners, respectively.


Leipheimer currently has 42,464 signatures on his shiny English language website. No surprise there as he has become the American favorite on Versus (the new, nicer Lance?) and is certainly a local favorite here in Sonoma County. Contador, last year's winner of the Tour de France, is weighing in at 20,391 signatures on his quadri-lingual site that implores one (in the language I can read) to help the "Tour change its idea" so we can all "enjoy again the attacking cycling of 2007 Tour de France." After all, fans of "the good cycling" know that "rectify is of wise people."

Don't get me wrong - I think that excluding Team Astana for the misdoings of last year's riders is excessive and maybe even suspicious. In my kindergarten level understanding of professional cycling and its politics it all seems a bit dramatic. But seriously, having Borat translate your website....

To add your signature in support of Astana riding this year's Tour de France, visit LetLeviRide and ContadoralTour.

To learn more about the complexities of professional cycling and current issues VeloNews is quite good.

(I offered to whip up a Borat-style bathing suit for Peter to wear in Occidental for this year's Tour of California, but he declined).

On Public Restroom Etiquette

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There are some basic recurring public restroom etiquette issues that we all are familiar with:

seat positioning
pee drops on toilet seat
hand washing
and drying them well, too - who wants to guess what makes the doorknob wet?

But then there is the gray area of through-the-door communication. This only applies to single person restrooms. You are in there on the toilet and someone rattles the knob (locked, hopefully). Clearly the bathroom is occupied.

Yet, why is it that some people feel the need to reply to your knob jiggle?

Common responses are:
I'll be right out!
Just a minute!

But what about:

It'll be a while!
Come back later!

It's always so damn cheerful and honestly when I'm the one in there I don't want to really admit that I'm in there by giving myself away with a jovial update on my status. And isn't the locked knob enough? How often is the door locked with no one inside?

A really brief, lazy Google search could not find any input from Miss Manners. But this blog brought up some interesting points. And at least I know there are two other people out there who are opposed to responding to a knob-jiggle.

Super Bike

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We saw this bike outside of a market in Rome last year. Leave it to Roman ingenuity to have a mobile bike knife sharpener.


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